Vinny Bucci and Tommy Stecker are almost cousins. (Their mothers call themselves “sisters of the heart,” so that sort of makes them cousins, doesn’t it?) Since childhood, they’ve shared holidays and Sunday services and their passion for soccer. But now they’re eighteen, high school seniors, and what has always been devoted friendship—the next best thing to family—has started to feel like something else. Something more….
Unfortunately, the Steckers can’t accept their son’s same-sex romance, and upon recognizing the teens’ mutual attraction, they push Tommy into dating a girl from church, then compel him to attend a Christian College far away from Vinny’s school. The Buccis and the Steckers—once a family of choice—clash over what’s right and go their separate ways.
Forced into separation, Vinny and Tommy are both devastated, but while Vinny hardens his heart to love, halfway across the country Tommy becomes emotionally and physically ill. Their passion for each other hasn’t diminished, let alone died, but they lose contact, and for the first time in their lives learn what it is to live with a broken heart.
Will Tommy and Vinny find their way back to each other, or will they accept the rules dictated by family and try to live severed lives, their love forever unfulfilled?
A Mature Young Adult Romance
My Rating - 5 Stars!
Torn, by Mia Kerick is a gut-wrenching, emotional ride by Mia Kerick of the best kind, one that will result in having your heart torn to shreds.
Tommy and Vinny have grown up together, with their families the best of friends. They are also very attracted to each other.
Tommy's mom sees that they have feelings, and force them apart, controlling Tommy's life more than ever. They are not allowed to hang out and the families are no longer friends. While he's trying to figure out which path in life he's going to take, Vinny is left to suffer.
Tommy is torn between being what his parents want him to be and what he wants to be. His parents are ultra religious and homophobic, and are forcing him to live a certain kind of life.
It is heartbreaking, absolutely ridden with sadness. But it is an amazing story! It is as compelling as it is painful. It is as emotional as it is accomplished. It is everything I could possibly ask for in a book, so gripping that I can't put it down for even a second.
Torn is a book that will make you feel. It is a young adult, coming of age story, that will pull at your heartstrings. Basically, go read it! I love this tale by Mia Kerick!